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Jamaica Association of Sports Medicine (JASM) Inaugural Periodic Health Evaluation Fair September 3, 2022 Montego Bay Community College

The Jamaica Association of Sports Medicine (JASM), is a multi-disciplinary body of practitioners
whose primary objective is to provide care to all persons who participate in sports. With over 40
years of providing service to all levels of athletes across the island, our members have distinguished
themselves through training and experience. As part of our outreach mandate, we decided to
organise a series of health fairs across the island with the main aim being to perform Pre-
Participation or Periodic Health Evaluations (PPEs/PHEs). These evaluations seek to identify athletes
at risk for serious or life-threatening medical events, as well as, physical injuries prior to their
participation in sporting activities. It was decided that our high school athletes, who are often times
underserved with regards to early medical and physical therapy intervention, were the best group to
engage for this new initiative.
The first event in the series was held at the Montego Bay Community College Auditorium on
Saturday, September 3, 2022. There were a total of 50 participants from 4 institutions, including
Cornwall College, Green Island High, Muschette High and Montego Bay Community College. The
day’s activities, co-ordinated by the Western Branch of the JASM and facilitated by members of the
JASM from across Jamaica, included musculoskeletal, medical and heart evaluations. The
musculoskeletal assessments, which included strength, joint range of motion and functional
movements – jumps, squats, push-ups and sit-ups were performed by our member physiotherapists,
while some of our medical doctors were on hand to basic medical assessments and echocardiograms
(ECGs) and offer any relevant advice and recommendations. Referrals for any further or follow-up
management were also made on the day. The athlete’s vital signs, height and weight were recorded
and information relevant to the safe practice of sports was disseminated throughout the day.
These healthcare services provided to the athletes were done free of cost to the students by our
association, along with the help of our sponsor, the Milo Western Relays.
By all accounts the day was a success and the coaches really appreciated our efforts as some were
unable to afford to have these important and timely assessments done for their athletes. Two more
fairs are being planned for 2023, one in the Middlesex County and one for Surrey and we hope to
make these fairs annual events as we seek to increase our reach and visibility to the sporting
community in Jamaica.

One of the coaches assisting his athletes with registration


Vitals signs being measured


Athlete’s height being recorded



Manual muscle testing for the upper limbs


Series of functional tests being carried out, including single-leg squat, push-ups and sit-ups


One of our medical doctors setting up an athlete for an ECG


Medical assessments by some of our medical doctors on hand


Some of our participants enjoying receiving their refreshments after they completed their evaluations


Some of the volunteers on hand for the event


Sports medicine leader promotes virus protocol

While football leagues around Europe are still debating whether and when to resume playing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the leader of the continent’s Federation of Sports Medicine Associations is calling for a detailed series of tests to clear athletes before they return to training.

Maurizio Casasco, who is also president of the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine, said guidelines recently published by his domestic federation should be extended for all of Europe – especially if UEFA intends to resume the Champions League and Europa League anytime soon.

“There needs to be a common protocol,” Casasco said in an interview with The Associated Press. “At both the national and European level, if there’s a competition being contested the rules have to be the same for everyone. … And not only for football but for all pro sports.”

The protocol developed by the Italian federation starts by dividing athletes into two categories: Group One for those who have already tested positive for the virus or shown symptoms associated with it; Group Two for those who haven’t tested positive, including athletes who were in contact with people who tested positive but who remained asymptomatic.

First, athletes in both groups will be tested for the virus. Athletes who test negative will also be tested for immunity – and athletes shown not to be immune will be retested every four days.

Athletes in Group One then have to pass strength tests while at rest, during and after physical exertion. Next up is a doppler echocardiogram, then a Holter monitor (a 24-hour echocardiogram), followed by spirometry breathing tests, a full range of blood exams, a lung X-ray and, finally, clearance that the athlete is no longer infected.